Comment on the strenghts of modifiers within Beowulf.   Indicate how Beowulf the epic poem would be different if the author hadn't included such details.

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Beowulf is an epic poem from the Anglo-Saxon period. Not only is the poem an epic one, it is also a heroic poem (which tells of the achievements of an epic hero). Texts such as this use elevated language (formal language) and elaborate literary devices (such as kennings and alliteration). A kenning is a two word, typically hyphenated, to describe a word in a more beautiful and image-ridden way. Alliteration, on the other hand, is repetition of a consonant sound within a line of poetry. Alliteration adds to the flow of the line and gives it a musical quality (important because many poems from the period were sung).

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